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Austin Peay State University professors bring diverse science lessons to Governor’s School of Computational Physics

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – In a typical year, the Governor’s School for Computational Physics at Austin Peay State University (APSU) includes two field trips to renowned nearby science centers.

But this year isn’t typical.

Friction Stir Welding. (APSU)

Friction Stir Welding. (APSU)

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Austin Peay State University 2016 – A Year in Review

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – In a few months, Austin Peay State University will officially turn 90, and anyone who happened to be on campus when the school first opened in the late 1920s would likely not recognize it today.

Students enjoy a beautiful spring day at Austin Peay State University. (Taylor Slifko, APSU)

Students enjoy a beautiful spring day at Austin Peay State University. (Taylor Slifko, APSU)

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APSU physics student Jacob Robertson discovers Quasar while visiting Fermilab

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Quasars—massive black holes that emit large amounts of radiation—are among the brightest objects in the universe, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy to identify.

For centuries, they’ve been mistaken for other shining celestial objects, and in recent years, astronomers had yet to accurately identify a certain one of these brilliant specks in the southern sky.

Austin Peay physics student Jacob Robertson

Austin Peay physics student Jacob Robertson

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APSU place to be for historic 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – On a cold February morning in 1979, a massive crowd gathered on a remote hill in Washington State to watch the day suddenly descend into darkness. For several seconds, no one spoke.

“It’s eerie; it’s getting black here. Darkness at noon,” ABC News Correspondent Jules Bergman said during live coverage of the total solar eclipse. “People are hushed in what seems almost like a ritual thing that mankind has been silenced by, in awe, since the beginning of civilization.”

Austin Peay State University Observatory.

Austin Peay State University Observatory.

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APSU Physics Club named outstanding chapter

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Last year, members of Austin Peay State University’s Society of Physics Students (SPS) chapter sent an email to the national organization, loaded with 45 megabytes of attachments.

Somehow, the email made it to College Park, MD, where officials probably spent weeks wading through hundreds of images and documents detailing all the activities the APSU club, known Del Square Psi, had participated in throughout the year.

Austin Peay State University Physics Club

Austin Peay State University Physics Club

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APSU Students earn high marks for research at famed Fermilab

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Mees Fix, an Austin Peay State University physics student, thought he might be in trouble. He was outside of Chicago, analyzing white dwarf stars at Fermilab – the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratory – when he noticed something strange. One of the stars was giving off way too much light energy.

“At first, I thought I broke something,” he said. “I figured I messed something up. I walked over to Dr. Smith and said, ‘check this out? What’s going on here?’” «Read the rest of this article»

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Austin Peay State University physics student builds Spectrometer for Observatory

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – In the middle of the night, a little sliver of light shines from the doorway of the observatory in the remote farmland of the Austin Peay State University Environmental Education Center.

Inside, maybe with a cup of coffee or a soda to keep her awake, is APSU physics student Katie Boedges, waiting for the Cat’s Eye Nebula to appear in the night sky.

“It rises at 1:30am in the morning, so I’m usually going to be there all night long,” she said. «Read the rest of this article»

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Austin Peay State University Provost Lecture Series to feature chemistry professor’s analysis of iPad use in class

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Interactive technology in the classroom has been shown to enhance student learning. The Apple iPad is one of the most exciting innovations of modern technology and has tremendous potential as a teaching tool.

The question for Dr. Robert Shelton, assistant professor of chemistry at Austin Peay State University, is whether interacting with an iPad in a general chemistry classroom environment actually promotes student learning. «Read the rest of this article»

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Austin Peay State University Provost Lecture Series to feature geography professor’s field work in Uganda

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – An Austin Peay State University geography professor will discuss her field work in Uganda last summer as part of the next Provost Lecture Series session at APSU.

Dr. Christine Mathenge, associate professor of geography, will speak at 3:00pm, Thursday, February 23rd in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. The event is free and open to the public.

The title of her talk is “HIV/AIDS and patterns on the landscape.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Austin Peay State University Provost Lecture Series to feature art professor’s residency in Tanzania

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – An Austin Peay State University art professor will discuss her three-week residency in Tanzania as part of the next Provost Lecture Series session at APSU.

Cynthia Marsh, professor of art, will speak at 3:00pm, Thursday, February 16th in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. The event is free and open to the public.

The title of her talk is “Mambo Poa – A Cultural Exchange in Tanzania.” «Read the rest of this article»

 



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